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04/28/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

McQuay International told workers Monday that it will cut 100 jobs at its plant in Faribault later this week, Jim Hammerand reports in the Faribault Daily News. “The cuts are being made to employees in the manufacturing area, effective Thursday,” the report says. “The plant will still employ 280 people in that area and 63 people in the facility’s offices.” McQuay is a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning manufacturer.

The Red Wing City Council unanimously voted Monday to support a Winona-based communications company’s bid to acquire federal stimulus money to build a fiber-optic network in Red Wing, Jon Swedien reports in the Republican Eagle. The council passed a resolution “supporting Hiawatha Broadband Communication when it applies to the federal agencies that will distribute stimulus dollars allocated for fiber-optic projects,” the story said.

The University of Minnesota, Morris will lay off eight staffers and reorganize or eliminate some classes in an attempt to comply with system-wide budget cuts,” writes Tom Larson in the Morris Sun Tribune. He adds that UMM Chancellor Jacquie Johnson reiterated U of M President Bob Bruininks’ earlier statement in Morris that no U campuses will be closed as the university deals with an expected $20 million cut in state funds.

Marshall Helmberger writes in the Ely/Tower/Cook Timberjay, “The annual gathering of walleye eggs got underway at the Pike River Hatchery this week, continuing a tradition that dates back to the 1880s, according to hatchery manager Doug Thompson.” The story says the peak in walleye activity “won’t be seen until water temperatures reach the mid-to-upper 40s, which could occur as early as this weekend, on the heels of a quick burst of warm weather on Thursday.”

ING Direct has donated $100,000 and staff volunteer time to help spruce up two St. Cloud junior high schools in August, reports Dave Aeikens in the St. Cloud Times. The report says, “The coordinated effort between the two schools would have more than 300 ING employees volunteer one day of their time to cleaning up, painting and landscaping, among other things.”

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